New Initiative Puts Drug Dealers in Jail for Decades

WILMINGTON -- A new plan by a local district attorney is putting convicted drug dealers in jail for decades.

District Attorney Ben David said habitual felons could face serious jail time as part of a new initiative, charging dangerous criminals with federal crimes in the New Hanover County District Attorney's office.

For example, Christopher Gause, Jr., James Brown, Joe McCray, and Howard Delts were all sentenced in federal court for running a major cocaine ring between Wilmington and Atlanta.

David said the men headquartered the operation out of a store called X-Slave Fashions on Castle Street. Their combined sentence is more than 100 years.

"We're not just fighting a war on drugs, we're fighting a war on drug dealers," said David.

David hopes these sentences will send a clear message to other drug dealers in the area.  He said other defendants will be sentenced in the near future.

Reported by Kelli O'Hara